coy coy  /ˈkɔ ɪ/


  1. (adj) affectedly modest or shy especially in a playful or provocative way
  2. (adj) showing marked and often playful or irritating evasiveness or reluctance to make a definite or committing statement
  3. (adj) modestly or warily rejecting approaches or overtures



  1. She has moved from being coy about her plans to being less coy about running for governor.
  2. The coyest and most courted region in the 1968 election season is the South.
  3. Asked about it one day on his show, he said with a laugh, I'm being deliberately coy.


  1. Manny Pacquiao Will Take Less Money to Fight Floyd Mayweather

    Manny Pacquiao has wanted to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. ever since his loss to Timothy Bradley, and he’s no longer trying to be coy about it. Prior to suffering his first defeat in seven years, the Filipino star was a little hot-and-cold in regards to a super fight against his only legitimate equal in the sport. He was down to fight Mayweather if the price was right, but he wasn’t willing to ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Opposing Views

  2. AppNexus CEO Says IPO Could Be Dependent On Timing Or Acquisition Prospects

    As usual, O'Kelley was coy, neither confirming nor denying his plans. His main goal, he says, is to build a great company and he feels no pressure to sell.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Business Insider

  3. Secrets of Swim: Mystery Model Photos, Day 3

    The slow burn continues. Another day of shoots for the 2014 SI Swimsuit Issue (see days 1 and 2), another coy photo from swimsuit editor MJ Day. Do you have any way of knowing who’s in the photo, or where it was taken? No. Does it matter? You tell us.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Sports Illustrated


  1. "I want to say I'm not trying to be coy; I'm not playing games with them (the Tour) or with fans or with media. I simply don't know," Armstrong said Tuesday during wind tunnel testing at the San Diego Air & Space Technology Center. "I'm not...
    on Nov 4, 2008 By: Lance Armstrong Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. "It's a case of the minister being coy. It's important to be transparent. Australians are very sympathetic and welcoming and I am surprised that Minister Evans is keeping a little veil of secrecy around this," Dr Stone said.
    on Oct 2, 2008 By: Sharman Stone Source: Sydney Morning Herald

  3. Tisdale says she decided to talk about her surgery because she "didn't want to play a game of denying it or being coy."
    on Jan 17, 2008 By: Ashley Tisdale Source: FOXNews

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